Artist and writer Rod MacIver is probably wishing his artwork was half as popular as the saga of his traffic stop in Shelburne.
The cruiser-cam video that led MacIver, 56, to challenge the bogus ticket he received last December for running a red light just topped 200,000 hits on YouTube.
MacIver's story — first reported by Seven Days' Charles Eichacker on July 25 — has spread, too. Earlier this week, CNN's Jeanne Moos — famous for her quirky, first-person pieces on news oddities — did one on MacIver's legal showdown with the Shelburne PD.
On Wednesday, MacIver was interviewed via Skype for Japan's Fuji TV's "Tokudane," a morning news program similar to "The Today Show" or "Good Morning America." The show, which airs daily across Japan from 8 to 10 a.m., is consistently the highest rated show at that time, with an estimated 8-10 million viewers.
Shelburne Officer Jason Lawton won't likely be visiting Tokyo anytime soon.